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Offshore storm, Arctic cold hit parts of U.S.

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A worker clears snow off the field during the Buffalo Bills' NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday.David Duprey / AP
/ Source: staff and news service reports

Parts of New England woke up Sunday to more than a foot of new snow from an offshore storm that also brought winds that made it feel well below zero outside.

The storm off the New England shore is likely to stick around through Sunday, kicking out more heavy snow in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. In Maine, forecasters said near blizzard conditions were possible during the day due to gusts as high as 45 mph.

On Saturday, the storm kicked huge waves onto the shores in Massachusetts, which also saw snow that ranged from 6-10 inches.

Forecasters say the storm's location makes it a bit unusual since most systems slide in from the south, push their way northeast and strengthen as they get to the Gulf of Maine.

Coastal areas also saw higher tides than normal and could get some flooding. Ski resort operators, on the other hand, were happy with the winter weather after a rainy start to the holiday season.

New England was also getting some of the Arctic blast coming down into the Midwest and as far south as Florida.

In Buffalo, N.Y., the wind chill Sunday was expected to make it feel below zero.

Temperatures were expected to be well below average as far south as the Gulf Coast. The coldest air was expected to hover over the Upper Midwest and Northeast and cause fairly widespread snow.

Some Midwest areas were not expected to get above zero. Atlanta, Ga., was headed for a day in the 30s.

The blast hit Minnesota especially hard, with a third of the state seeing temperatures below -30 degrees on Friday. And International Falls on Sunday tied its record low, set just a day earlier: -37 degrees F.

Factoring wind chill, Grand Forks, N.D., posted the lowest temperature across the nation on Saturday: - 51 F.